Over 400 students, parents, school administrators and other activists came together this week for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) first annual Anti-Bullying Summit in south Florida.
According to a blog posted on the HRC's website, the summit held workshops focusing on all areas of bullying including verbal, physical, social alienation and cyber bullying of all types of students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).
“The anti-bullying summit was full of energy and enthusiasm," event co-chair Rob Lopardo is quoted as saying."There were hundreds of students and their parents, teachers, community leaders, and all in our small group sessions brainstorming on how to stop bullying in our schools…you could tell from the group discussions how the students and their parents really accepted the challenge how to celebrate diversity.”
The Anti-Bullying Summit is just one of HRC's various efforts to build young allies of the LGBT community. Next up for the group is its 12th Annual Greater New York Human Rights Campaign Gala in February, where "The View" co-host and Oscar award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg will be honored with an "Ally For Equality" Award.